Blevins to direct new Aviation Maintenance technical certificate program

Northeast State’s Advanced Technologies Division has announced the addition of a technical certificate program in Aviation Maintenance Technology. The 29-credit-hour program will offer classes starting in fall 2015.

The certificate is designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills of the aviation maintenance and repair industry. The program emphasizes skills associated with the repair and installation of aviation electronics, aircraft structures, and aircraft mechanical systems. Students will develop core skills in fuselage and sheet metal repair, electrical systems, hydraulics, and aircraft repair procedures.

Courses include an introduction to aviation and those related to mechanical, electrical, quality and inspection, maintenance, structures, electronics, and hydraulics systems.

Northeast State's aviation maintenance program seeks to train professionals for the emerging drone market.
Northeast State’s aviation maintenance program seeks to train professionals for the emerging drone market.

Richard Blevins, who has extensive aviation and aerospace experience, is department head and director of the program. He comes to Northeast State from Bell Helicopter where he was a training department manager. He was responsible for the training development of more than 500 employees in the areas aircraft alternations, maintenance, and inspections to meet FAA and ISO AS 9100 requirements.

Blevins also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1979 to 2006, attaining the top enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He served in several capacities including ICBM systems analyst, superintendent of space launch operations, quality control superintendent on test launch systems, and electronics laboratory manager.

NeSCC Aviation Program Director Richard Blevins speaks to the emerging aviation industry in the region.
NeSCC Aviation Program Director Richard Blevins speaks to the emerging aviation industry in the region.

Blevins is completing a master’s degree in education from in Trident University International, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trident University International and an associate of arts and sciences degree from Park University-USAF College.

Students interested in admission to the Aviation Maintenance Technology certificate program may contact Blevins at 423.279.7639 or rablevins@NortheastState.edu or the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail admissions@NortheastState.edu.

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